JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – New and expecting military moms were honored guests Saturday at the Star-Spangled Babies shower. The event was an effort lead by Operation Homefront and CVS to make new military moms feel special and know that they have the support of the community.
“This event, to me, means so much,” expecting mother Starr Trujillo said. “We just transferred from Washington, and it gives us a sense of community and shows us we are still important as military wives.”
Due to deployments and frequent relocation, military parents-to-be and new parents often live far away from their extended families and their support systems.
“I'm disconnected from them as a group, so being here, I've met a couple of ladies today that I feel like I will be connected with and share this journey and help each other out in the same community,” Trujillo said.
Director of programs Charlotte Merriam said she knows firsthand just how difficult it can be being a military mom.
“I have been a military spouse for 14 years, and my 14-year-old daughter moved six times,” Merriam said. “A lot of these ladies may be new to the area, been here a short time, and had a baby and it's hard to get to know people -- especially if you're shy.”
Operation Homefront said they can always use volunteers. Click here to learn more about volunteering.